Volunteer Leadership

The SFA was created by the members, for the members, and we rely on their input to help guide the association. Volunteer leadership positions offer an opportunity for SFA members to have a direct voice in the development of SFA programs and services and, by extension, to help support the continued growth and success of the specialty food industry.

Each year we issue a call for nominations for volunteer leadership seats. For the 2024-2025 service year, this includes the Board of Directors, Committee, and Council roles in alignment with the 2026 SFA Strategic Plan.

Volunteer opportunities are open to employees, partners, or individuals actively involved in the business or management of SFA member companies in good standing. Information about volunteer opportunities for the following year is sent to SFA members in the spring.

Election and Appointment Process for SFA Volunteer Leadership Explained

Nomination/Election Timeline:

  • January-February: Nominations accepted for all volunteer positions.
  • March-May: Review of nominees, including qualifications, past contributions if currently serving, and interviews as necessary for Board openings.
  • June: Voting begins for Board of Directors slate; Results of election and appointment of volunteers announced at Annual Member Meeting 

SFA Board of Directors

  • Overview: Diverse group of 15 Directors with staggered terms responsible for the overall governance of the SFA as a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization. Each director serves a three-year term and must act honestly, in good faith, and in the best interest of SFA to support fulfillment of the SFA mission.
  • Time Commitment: Estimated 10-15 hours per month including attendance at minimum of four full Board Meetings per year (one to two days each) in addition to other volunteer group participation. 

Election FAQ

  • Where does the slate come from?
     Since 2020, the slate has been created by the Nominating Committee, which is chartered to recommend a slate of Directors and Board Officers. The Nominating Committee is made up of a mix of current and former Directors, and its composition changes every year. The Committee reviews all nominee data, interviews select candidates, and presents a recommendation to the Board. The slate that is approved by the Board is then sent to the Membership to elect.
  • Who gets to vote?
     Each General Member company can cast one vote. Alliance Members are non-voting members. SFA Staff do not vote in the election.
  • Can we vote in person at the Summer Fancy Food Show?
    All voting is conducted online, and all votes must be submitted prior to the Summer Fancy Food Show.
  • When will the results be announced?
     Results of the Directors and Board Officers election are announced at the Annual Member Meeting at 4:00pm ET on June 20th, 2024, via Zoom.
  • I have more questions  who can I go to?  Please send questions to your SFA Member Representative and someone will get back to you within two business days. We’ll schedule a time to speak one-on-one if we aren’t able to answer your questions by email. 


To review the SFA Bylaws, click here.

We are committed to attracting and retaining employees, volunteers, third-party partners, and members that reflect diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives in order to best serve the diversified profile of makers, buyers, distributors, and service providers in the food and beverage industry.

We strive to create a culture of inclusion and belonging where all of these individuals feel valued, respected, and have the opportunity to thrive.

Questions? Please reach out to your SFA Member Representative.